Prisons briefings and statements

CILIP, (June 2017) Prison libraries briefing paper

This briefing provides information on the prison library service in England and Wales. The briefing gives a summary of CILIP's ongoing advocacy for prison libraries and outlines the role of prison libraries and prison librarians and the difference they make to the lives of prisoners their families and the wider community.

It includes some case studies and key facts and statistics about prison literacy, rehabilitation and reoffending rates and sets out the challenges and opportunities for the prison library sector. 

For current statistics on prisons and the prisoner population for England and Wales visit Ministry of Justice website and the Offender Management Statistics Quartely.